ASTRA Awards honour Charlotte Dawson

03:15, Mar 21 2014
Charlotte Dawson
BITTERSWEET: Charlotte Dawson's sisters Vicky Dawson and Robin Barclay accept an honorary ASTRA Award from Sarah Murdoch on behalf of their sister.

The subscription television industry has paid tribute to Charlotte Dawson with an honorary award and look back at her career at the 2014 ASTRA Awards.

The award ceremony, held in Sydney's Carriageworks and broadcast across multiple Foxtel channels on Thursday night, acknowledged Dawson's "exceptional contribution to the Subscription Television Industry" with an Honorary ASTRA award.

Dawson, who was found dead in her Sydney waterfront apartment last month had worked in the subscription (and free to air) television industry for nearly two decades, most recently as a judge on Australia's Next Top Model.

The award was accepted on her behalf by her two sisters Vicky Dawson and Robin Barclay.

"Vicky and I feel very privileged to be here tonight on what is for us a very bittersweet occasion," said Barclay.

"We'd like to thank everyone involved in giving this award, thank you all very much indeed. It would have meant a great deal to her and we're very proud to accept this.


"For all of you Charlotte was a talented, beautiful, smart funny and totally professional performer. For Vicky and me she was our little sister and we miss her terribly.

"While I wish more than anything that she was here tonight, it's probably the only chance in our lives that Vicky and I will ever have to get up on stage and accept an award, so thank you Charlotte. I hope you're out there looking down on us, laughing at what has happened to us both."

The award was quiet moment of reflection in an otherwise celebratory evening where awards across a range of categories - both industry and viewer voted - were handed out.

David Speers won for Most Outstanding Performance By A Broadcast Journalist. Photo: Getty Images

In what were the 12th annual awards, Channel Of The Year went to Showcase, home of Game of Thrones, Sons Of Anarchy, The Walking Dead and more. Most Outstanding Drama was taken out by Wentworth, the acclaimed remake of 1970s Australian TV hit Prisoner. Favourite Personality (male) went to Selling Houses Australia host Andrew Winter and Favourite Personality (female) went to his co-host Shaynna Blaze.

The biggest winner of the night was The Lifestyle Channel, with four of the five viewer-voted categories.

Chef and Paddock to Plate host Matt Moran said he was overjoyed his reality cooking series won Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program and looked forward to bring a new season to air soon.

 "The great thing about Paddock To Plate is that I get to cook," Moran said, "that's really important to me."

"It's a show that is a little bit different, but the crux of it is I'm dealing with produce and dealing with food and that's what I love to do. No matter whatever happens to me I'm still a humble cook."

Nicole da Silva, winner of the Most Outstanding Performance By An Actor (Female) and one of the stars of Most Outstanding Australian Drama winner Wentworth said the awards were acknowledgement that in remaking the iconic drama - a nerve-wracking experience - the fans had approved.

"They were big shoes to fill!" da Silva said. "(Winning) is a testament to the fact that we did get it right, that we did strike a chord and that's a good thing! These awards are a huge shout out to everyone who worked on the series acknowledging their efforts."


Full list of ASTRA Awards:

Most Outstanding Children's Content

Disney Channel FanFest TV Special Event (Disney Channel)

Most Outstanding Music Program

The Riff (Channel [V])

Most Outstanding Sports Program

The DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour (FOX SPORTS)

Most Outstanding Sports Entertainment Program

Open Mike (FOX FOOTY)

Most Outstanding Factual Program

The People Speak (HISTORY)

Most Outstanding News Program

Election 2013 (SKY NEWS National)

Most Outstanding Reality Program

Australia's Next Top Model (FOX8)

Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Paddock to Plate (The LifeStyle Channel)

Most Outstanding General Entertainment Program

Slimefest 2013 (Nickelodeon)

Most Outstanding Australian Drama

Wentworth (SoHo)

Most Outstanding Use of Innovation


Most Outstanding Performance By An Actor - Male

Peter Mullan [Top of the Lake] (UKTV)

Most Outstanding Performance By An Actor - Female

Nicole da Silva [Wentworth] (SoHo)

Most Outstanding Performance By A Broadcast Journalist

David Speers [PM Agenda, The Nation, Election Coverage] (SKY NEWS National)

Most Outstanding New Talent

Kelli Underwood [Back Page LIVE and ANZ Championship] (FOX SPORTS)

Favourite Personality - Male

Andrew Winter [Selling Houses Australia] (The LifeStyle Channel)

Favourite Personality - Female

Shaynna Blaze [Selling Houses Australia] (The LifeStyle Channel)

Favourite Program - Australian

Selling Houses Australia (The LifeStyle Channel)

Favourite Program - International

Grand Designs UK (The LifeStyle Channel)

Favourite Program - International Drama

The Walking Dead (FX)

Honorary ASTRA Award

"To honour an exceptional contribution to the Subscription Television Industry"

Charlotte Dawson

Channel Achievement Award


Channel of the Year



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